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Guardian Live Event: John Gray And Will Self - Is Free Will An Illusion?

The author John Gray discusses his latest novel, The Soul Of The Marionette and the issues it raises.

Islington Assembly Hall, London N1

Wed 18 Mar

£15 (£13.50) / 020 7527 2000

Monty Don: Talk

The gardening writer and presenter talks about his life and work, including his travels to gardens all over the world and what really happens behind the scenes when filming.

Exeter Corn Exchange

Sun 8 Mar

£16 / 01392 665938

Hertford Theatre

Fri 20 Mar

£18 / 01992 531500

An Evening with Pam Ayres

A cosy evening of poetry, stories and incredible wit from the lady herself.

Corn Exchange, King's Lynn

Fri 17 Apr

Phone for prices / 01553 764864

Electric Palace Bridport

Mon 30 Mar

£24.50; £22.50 adv / 01308 428 354

The Hawth, Crawley

Fri 3 Apr

£23 / 01293 553636

Mon 13 Apr

£23 / 01293 553636

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Antonia Fraser

Biographer and historian Antonia Fraser discusses her recent publication My History, an account of her youth and the development of her love of history.

Daunt Books, Marylebone, London W1U

Thu 19 Mar

£7 / 020 7224 2295

Fran Maclvey

Fran MacIlvey, author of Trapped: My Life With Cerebral Palsy, holds a book signing and question and answer session.

Blackwell's, Edinburgh

Thu 5 Mar

Free / 0131 622 8218

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Little Italy: Talk

Tudor Allen discusses London's Italian quarter.

Estorick Collection Of Modern Italian Art, London N1

Tue 10 Mar

£8 (£5) / 020 7704 9522

Can Can

Kick your legs and indulge in some spoken word and poetry at this Shindigs Scottish Artspace event.

Constitution Bar, Edinburgh

Wed 18 Mar

Free donations welcome / 0131 538 9374

  • 19:30 – 22:00 Can Can Constitution Bar, Edinburgh

Michael Portillo: Life: A Game Of Two Halves: Talk

The broadcaster and former politician discusses and answers questions about his career.

The Harlequin, Redhill

Fri 20 Mar

£13–£15 / 01737 276 500

Theatre Royal, Windsor

Mon 23 Mar

£27 / 01753 853888

War Requiem & Aftermath: James Cahill And Maggi Hambling In Conversation

Spring 2015 will see the launch of Maggi Hambling: War Requiem & Aftermath, a major new book by James Cahill. This 'in conversation' event will see Maggi Hambling talk to James Cahill about the exhibition of the same name and book.

Somerset House, London WC2R

Wed 18 Mar

Inigo Rooms

Free / 020 7845 4600

Ash Dykes: Breaking Mongolia: The Lonely Snow Leopard

Dykes talks about the challenges he faced during his solo walk across Mongolia.

The Dukes, Lancaster

Tue 17 Mar

The Rake

£14 (£12) / 01524 598 500

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Tue 24 Mar

£13 (£11) / 01463 234234

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Edinburgh Creative Writers' Club

Creative writers of all stripes – poets, short story scribes, script writers, flash fiction junkies – are invited to discuss all things writing, from procuring an agent to overcoming writer's block.

Novotel Edinburgh Centre

Mon 9 Mar

Free / 0131 656 3500

Mon 16 Mar

Free / 0131 656 3500

Mon 23 Mar

Free / 0131 656 3500

…and 40 more dates until 28 Dec

Russell Brand: Trew Musings

A series of readings, musings and talks of the unexpected, hosted by Russell Brand.

The Proud Archivist, London N1

Mon 2 Mar

£10 / 020 7749 6852

Mon 9 Mar

£10 / 020 7749 6852

Supper Book Club with Kirsty Wark

Listen to Kirsty Wark talk about her work as you enjoy a Valvona & Crolla supper.

Valvona & Crolla Vincaffè, Edinburgh

Tue 3 Mar

£20 / 0131 557 0088

Face To Face: Richard Cork In Conversation With Morgan Quaintance

The award-winning art writer and broadcaster discusses his major new book of artist interviews, Face To Face.

Tate Britain, London SW1P

Thu 19 Mar

£9 / 020 7887 8888

SohoCreate: A Creative Education

How did some of our great artists learn to be creative? Fine artist Cornelia Parker, Designer Ab Rogers and musician Ms Dynamite all had very different formal educations. What can we learn from their journey about how we educate our kids today?

The House of St Barnabas, London W1D

Wed 3 Jun

£75 early bird pass / 020 7437 1894

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Alan Johnson MP

Dulwich Books in association with the Family Rights Group are delighted to welcome back Alan Johnson to Dulwich, to talk more about his life, his beliefs and what makes him get up in the morning.

Elmgreen School, London SE27

Tue 17 Mar

£10

Elegies From Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

An evening of free verse set to blues, jazz and rhythm and blues, celebrating the lives of AIDS victims.

Criterion Theatre, London W1V

Sun 31 May

£30–£40 / 0844 847 1778

Jon Ronson: Talk

The writer and documentary maker talks about his book So You've Been Publicly Shamed.

The Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea

Mon 9 Mar

£8 / 01273 464440

Waterstones, Leeds

Thu 12 Mar

£4 ( £2) / 0113 244 4588

Martin Bell: The BBC's Man In The White Suit: Talk

A talk by the author, broadcaster and MP, known world-wide for his stunning career in journalism.

Lowther Pavillion, Lytham St. Annes

Fri 6 Mar

£16 / 01253 658666

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Mascariciul

A satirical comedy performance in Romanian.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Sun 29 Mar

£12.50–£30 / 0844 873 3433

The Moth StorySLAM: Hair

The celebrated NYC radio show continue their debut UK event series.

The Book Club, London EC2A

Wed 4 Mar

Free / 020 7684 8618

Alan Milburn: Lecture

A public lecture by the current Chair of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission and Chancellor of Lancaster University.

The Dukes, Lancaster

Wed 4 Mar

The Rake

Phone for prices / 01524 598 500

Alexei Sayle: Listen with Alexei

The writer and comic gives readings from Thatcher Stole My Trousers as well as from Stalin Ate My Homework, along with some of his famous short stories.

Acorn Arts Centre, Penzance

Sun 8 Mar

£13 / 01736 365520

Alnwick Playhouse

Thu 28 May

£13 / 01665 510785

The Brindley, Runcorn

Wed 29 Apr

£13 ( £11; £11) / 0151 907 8360

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Blind Poetics

A free monthly night of spoken word and poetry, hosted by Alec Beattie. There are limited open mic slots available, email blindpoetics@gmail.com to express an interest.

Blind Poet, Edinburgh

Mon 9 Mar

Free / 0131 667 4268

Featuring Russell Jones

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